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First trailer for ‘Nyad’ Releases After Telluride Premiere

The first trailer for Nyad has been released online. Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and with a screenplay by Julia Cox, the movie will star Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, and Rhys Ifans. Nyad is an adaptation of Diana Nyad’s autobiographical book, Find a Way, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1.

Our editor-in-chief, Joey Magidson, saw the movie at the Telluride Film Festival and had much praise to say about the movie, particularly Bening’s lead performance, stating that “Annette Bening may well be in the Oscar conversation here once again. She doesn’t shy away from the off-putting aspects of her title character, which helps to set her apart. Bening makes it very much about the passion of accomplishing a dream, but she doesn’t ever let Nyad off easily. Her chemistry with Jodie Foster is fantastic, which keeps things from ever going too far.” You can read his full review of the movie here.

Here is the plot synopsis:

“A remarkable true story of tenacity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit, NYAD recounts a riveting chapter in the life of world-class athlete Diana Nyad. Three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a prominent career as a sports journalist, at the age of 60, Diana (four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening) becomes obsessed with completing an epic swim that always eluded her: the 110 mile trek from Cuba to Florida, often referred to as the “Mount Everest” of swims. Determined to become the first person to finish the swim without a shark cage, Diana goes on a thrilling, four-year journey with her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll (two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster) and a dedicated sailing team.”

You can watch the full trailer below and see the movie in select theatres on October 20 before it makes its way to Netflix on November 3:


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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